AFGHANISTAN / HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

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The World Food Programme (WFP) said a catastrophe is looming as a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions unfolds in Afghanistan. WFP

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DATELINE: 22-28 NOVEMBER 2021, MULTIPLE LOCATIONS, AFGHANISTAN

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23 NOVEMBER 2021, FAIZABAD, AFGHANISTAN

1. Aerial shots, snow-capped mountains near Faizabad

24 NOVEMBER 2021, ZEBAK, AFGHANISTAN

2. Tracking, boy walking on icy road
3. Wide shot, boy walking on icy road
4. Various shots, people collecting dried brush and grasses to burn for cooking and heating

23 NOVEMBER 2021, FAIZABAD, AFGHANISTAN

5. Wide shot, women walking in market
6. Wide shot, bakery
7. Various shots, baker making bread
8. Wide shot, man walking out of bakery carrying bread

26 NOVEMBER 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

9. Wide shot, children sitting by trash on side of road
10. Various shots, people selling their personal belongings on side of road
11. UPSOUND (Dari) woman in red:
“If you see anyone, they have five to six orphans, had martyrs in war, and have nothing, no house or good life. She has five to six orphans but has nothing … no food or anything to eat”
12. UPSOUND (Dari) woman in dark blue burkah:
“I don’t even have a penny.”
13. UPSOUND (Dari) woman in light blue burkah:
“Her son was martyred. There are five to six children in her house and don’t even have a package of flour.”

27 NOVEMBER 2021, AQKOPROK, AFGHANISTAN

14. Wide shot, man standing at edge of village
15. Wide shot, village entrance
16. Wide shot, child sitting on donkey
17. Med shot, father carrying child out of health clinic
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mustafa:
“They don’t have anything. They sell their furniture, sell their animals. Most of them sell their houses for food. But now they don’t have anything to buy food.”
19. Med shot, mothers carrying children at health clinic
20. Close up, child
21. Close up, child eating
23. Various shots, children being tested for malnutrition

22 NOVEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

24. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“We are terrified that this is only the tipping point. We are only in November, and this is what we are already seeing before we go into the heart of winter? And these are the children that are making it to the hospitals. How many more are behind them that their families are unable to bring them to the hospital? So, behind those staggering numbers of food insecurity are individual young children who are paying the incredible price here in Afghanistan at the moment.”

27 NOVEMBER 2021, AQKOPROK, AFGHANISTAN

25. Various shots, WFP food convoy travelling to Mazar-i-Sharif

22 NOVEMBER 2021, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

26. SOUNDBITE (English) Mary-Ellen McGroarty, Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The international community have very real concerns, but at this stage and at this time where the crisis is in Afghanistan, we need to separate the humanitarian imperative from the political discussions. The people of Afghanistan, the innocent people of Afghanistan, the children of Afghanistan who have their lives upended through no fault of their own cannot be condemned to hunger and starvation just because of the lottery of geopolitics and the lottery of birth.”

26 NOVEMBER 2021, MAZAR-I-SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN

27. Pan right, workers moving aid items on wheelbarrows
28. Wide shot, Mahmoud with mother and brother at WFP food distribution point
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahmoud, 17-year-old high school graduate:
“Maybe it is different for other countries. In Afghanistan, every time people just work for food, and they just want to find food for eating; and they don’t think to another thing. They just think how to find food and how to fill up and to bring food for their children and for their wives.”
30. Med shot, Mahmoud and family receiving food aid
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Mahmoud, 17-year-old high school graduate:
“I have lots of dreams and I want to achieve my dreams but, unfortunately here there is no opportunity to do that. I have no chances.”
31. Wide shot, Mahmoud walking out with mother and brother
32. Close up, Mahmoud holding mother’s hand

STORYLINE:

The World Food Programme (WFP) said a catastrophe is looming as a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions unfolds in Afghanistan.

WFP said more than half of the population are facing acute hunger and 3.2 million children are suffering from malnutrition. The Programme said humanitarian needs in the country have tripled and will continue to rise as the bitter winter sets in pushing communities to the limit.

According to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) assessment, 22.8 million people face acute food insecurity in Afghanistan. All 34 provinces are facing crisis or emergency levels of acute food insecurity.

WFP said the country was already in a desperate state in the first part of the year with drought, conflict and COVID-19. Since August the situation has spiral into chaos with the collapse of public services and a deepening economic crisis.

WFP said Afghanistan is at a point of no return. If efforts to rapidly scale up aid are supported now, the worst-case scenario could be avoided come spring. However, the Programme stressed that the international community must urgently step up its funding before it is too late.

Conflict over the last 20 years has killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians in Afghanistan. Tragically, hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of innocent Afghans are at risk of dying in this new war of hunger – without a single shot fired.

WFP said it is ramping up its life-saving support to meet the most pressing needs of Afghan people. It said it needs to reach 24 million people in 2022 and requires 2.6 billion USD to do this.

Already this year, WFP has provided food, cash, and nutrition assistance to 12.4 million people, including malnutrition treatment and prevention services to nearly 437,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women, and 900,000 children under-five. More than half of the people WFP assisted in 2020 and 2021 were women and girls.
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